DRUG TARGETS, ERBB2: A small (n=60) basket study of trastuzumab deruxtecan in ERBB2 (HER2) expressing/mutated tumours reported ORR 28%

Kevin Sovet

May 18, 2020



A small (n=60) basket study of trastuzumab deruxtecan in ERBB2 (HER2) expressing/mutated tumours  reported ORR 28%. Responses were reported in NSCLC (ORR 56%), colorectal,  salivary gland, biliary tract and endometrial cancers.


Targeting HER2 with Trastuzumab Deruxtecan: A Dose-Expansion, Phase I Study in Multiple Advanced Solid Tumors

DOI: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-19-1014



HER2-targeted therapies are approved only for HER2-positive breast and gastric cancers. We assessed the safety/tolerability and activity of the novel HER2-targeted antibody–drug conjugate trastuzumab deruxtecan (T-DXd) in 60 patients with pretreated, HER2-expressing (IHC ≥ 1+), non-breast/non-gastric or HER2-mutant solid tumors from a phase I trial (NCT02564900). Most common (>50%) treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAE) were nausea, decreased appetite, and vomiting. Two drug-related TEAEs were associated with fatal outcomes. The confirmed objective response rate (ORR) was 28.3% (17/60). Median progression-free survival (PFS) was 7.2 [95% confidence interval (CI), 4.8–11.1] months. In HER2-mutant non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), ORR was 72.7% (8/11), and median PFS was 11.3 (95% CI, 8.1–14.3) months. Confirmed responses were observed in six tumor types, including HER2-expressing NSCLC, colorectal cancer, salivary gland cancer, biliary tract cancer, endometrial cancer, and HER2-mutant NSCLC and breast cancer. Results suggest T-DXd holds promise for HER2-expressing/mutant solid tumors.

SIGNIFICANCE: T-DXd demonstrated promising activity in a heterogeneous patient population with heavily pretreated HER2-expressing or HER2-mutant solid tumors, especially HER2-mutant NSCLC. The safety profile was generally acceptable. Interstitial lung disease can be severe and requires prompt monitoring and intervention. Further research of T-DXd is warranted to address these unmet medical needs.


more info: https://cancerdiscovery.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2020/04/13/2159-8290.CD-19-1014